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Tuned R8 hits more high notes

2008-01-17 10:13
If you thought the standard Audi R8 was hot, look again. Tuner Edo has tweaked this masterpiece to make it quicker and even more impressive.

Small changes have been used to big effect on this tuned R8.

While, in standard trim, it hauls from 0 - 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, the Edo R8 shaves 0.2 seconds off that time (to 4.5 seconds) and achieves a claimed top speed of 310 km/h.

In Edo Competition's hands, the R8's 4.2-litre V8 sees its power upped by 16 kW to 325 kW delivered at 7 800 r/min, and a 20-Nm increase in its peak torque figure to 450 Nm from 4 500 to 6 000 r/min. Also, new trimetal-coated high-flow catalytic converters were designed specifically for this R8.

A new stainless steel high-flow exhaust system with two different sound levels has been attributed to the more favourable figures.

The sportscar's aerodynamics have been tweaked too. A new front spoiler and rear diffuser, in lightweight carbon fibre, have been added for greater downforce to aid high-speed stability.

Freshly designed 19- and 20-inch wheels reinforce this R8's imposing appearance. Their forged centres and polished stainless steel outer rims and high-strength aluminium inners show huge attention to detail, although these, too, can be custom painted.

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